Richard Hess, a resident of the Williamsburg area for the past 55 years, passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital on Thurs., Oct. 4, 2012. He was 64.
Richard was born on March 21, 1948, to his parents, Graham and Emma Hess (nee Merkley). They were living in Cornwall at the time, but a few years after Richard’s birth they moved to a farm along the St. Lawrence River where the train now sits at Upper Canada Village. Richard started school there, and this is where his sister Judy was born in 1953. With the advent of the Seaway, Graham’s farm was expropriated, and that’s when the family moved to the farm on the Sixth Concession north of Williamsburg. In 1968, they purchased the farm immediately west of theirs from Don and Mary Hess. They converted the barn to suit their milking cows and rented the house. This farm eventually became Richard’s infamous ‘Hesshill Farms.’ In 1968, Richard met Jane Casselman, and six years later, on March 29, 1974, they were married. Jill, his daughter, was born on March 6, 1975, and Ricky, his son, was born on July 14, 1978. Richard was also the proud grandpa of Dougie and Bobby Robinson, and Emma Jane Hess.
In addition to being a successful dairy farmer, Richard had many other interests. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. in Williamsburg, and sat on the Winchester District Memorial Hospital board. He enjoyed hockey and ball, both as a player and as a spectator. He was involved with minor hockey in Morrisburg. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a real outdoorsman. He had many wonderful friends who will remember his big smile and that twinkle in his eye. He spent countless hours with his wife, Jane, along with their children and grandchildren, and has left them many precious memories to cherish over the years.
Richard is survived by his wife, Jane Hess (nee Casselman), his children, Jill (Doug) Robinson of Finch, and Rick (Suzanne) of Williamsburg, his father, Graham Hess (Jean Sheldrick) of Williamsburg, and his sister, Judy Raistrick of Greely. He was the proud Grandpa of Doug, Bob, and Emma Jane. He was predeceased by his mother, Emma Hess (nee Merkley), on Nov. 29, 1996. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Tues., Oct. 9 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg on Wed., Oct. 10 at 11 am with Rev. Norine Gullons officiating. The pallbearers were Dale Casselman, Hubert Barkley, John Dickey, and Roger Morrell. The honourary pallbearers were Garry Whitteker, Donnie Whitteker, Bruce Kerry, Rene Morin, Gaeten Perreault, and Rheal Perreault.
Donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com.